HIM welcomes Visiting Scientist Prof. Igor Koptyug

Prof. Igor Koptyug from the International Tomography Center, Novosibirsk in Russia, will be joining HIM-research on NMR

Prof. Igor Koptyug is a professor at the International Tomography Center, Novosibirsk.

His current research interests include:

1. MR (micro)imaging and spectroscopy of catalysts, catalytic reactions and reactors:

  • MR (micro)imaging and spatially resolved NMR spectroscopy of fluids in porous media, and in particular their applications to the studies of catalytic and other chemical processes (e.g., in situ studies of catalytic reactions in porous catalysts and model catalytic reactors)
  • MR (micro)imaging of the distribution and transport of active component precursors and other solutes upon preparation of supported catalysts (e.g., by impregnation/drying of porous supports)

2. Signal enhancement in NMR/MRI with parahydrogen-induced polarization of nuclear spins:

  • Development of efficient heterogeneous catalysts (e.g., immobilized metal complexes, supported metals, and other types) capable of providing the ultimate parahydrogen-based NMR signal enhancements
  • Extension of PHIP techniques to reactions other than hydrogenation of unsaturated hydrocarbons
  • Combining PHIP with the remarkable properties of long-lived spin states
  • Development of PHIP technologies for producing continuous streams of pure hyperpolarized liquids and gases for MRI applications, including biomedical MR imaging
  • Development of hypersensitive PHIP-based techniques for the studies of the mechanisms of heterogeneous catalytic processes and of the processes in operating catalytic reactors
  • Studies of the nuclear spin isomers of symmetric molecules

3. Biological MR imaging and spectroscopy:

  • Development and application of novel strategies for high SNR/CNR multinuclear in vivo imaging and spectroscopy
  • Development and application of novel theranostic agents for NMR/MRI in vivo
  • NMR metabolomics in vitro and in vivo


His plan for the stay at HIM is to learn new experimental techniques such as zero- and ultra-low field NMR, to explore new possibilities for combining them with hyperpolarization-based NMR signal enhancement, and to see how this combination can be used in the studies of chemical


His CV may be downloaded here.